Quinoa - New Jfood Favorite
Jfood knows that many of you will view this as a big ho-hum, but jfood tried a quinoa salad from his produce store and thought it was fantastic. Following week served to some guests and they all licked their plates. Then major disappointment. The chef at the grocer moved onto bulghur (also very good). So jfood decided to buy some uncooked quinoa, look for some recipes and make some.
This was his first attempt and this the recipe he used
Major fantastic. He did substitute red for green peppers and lightened up on the oil a bit, plus he grilled the corn. Really good stuf with just a little kick from the Jalepeno.
So are there other favorites from the CH posters for recipes.
Quinoa is wonderful - I've just been rediscovering it since Flexitarian was COTM and I loaded up on it. Tonight we had phyllo wrapped sauteed quinoa with lamb and various herbs, mushrooms etc. Will post more about it.
There are lots of ideas here;
The one I made from Flexitarian:
I did buy some red quinoa, but haven't used it yet.
that's a classic quinoa salad. yum.
welcome to the wonderful world of quinoa! it's one of my favorite foods. i know we've had many discussions about it, so you might want to do a board search.
in the meantime, here's one of my favorites. sorry there aren't any proportions, but it's one of those instinctual dishes i just do by sight & taste...
fold into cooked quinoa: toasted pine nuts, chopped dried apricots, currants, sliced green onions, chopped fresh mint & parsley. season to taste with S&P, and toss with just enough minted yogurt dressing to moisten...
minted citrus yogurt dressing:
1 cup plain, nonfat greek yogurt [or regular nonfat yogurt drained for at least 4-6 hours]
1 tbsp agave nectar [or honey]
1 tsp fresh lemon, lime, or orange juice
2 tbsp fresh, mint finely chopped
combine all ingredients thoroughly, and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
btw, seeing as it's apricot season, i might actually use fresh ones instead of dried right now...and fresh figs could be another option.
I've made this salad twice for guests now and it got rave reviews.
The salad is Ottolenghi Red Rice and Quinoa Salad recipe. I searched for the name and found it online. Ottolenghi is a new star take-out chef in London and the salad is terrific.
It has red rice, quinoa, onion, olive oil, zest and juice of orange, lemon juice, garlic, green onions, chopped dried apricots and arugula. It's pretty easy and quite delicious. Also tastes great for a couple of days after it's made.
I love quinoa! That it's quick-ccoking also helps. I make a baked quinoa dish that has been very well received by guests. Sprinkled with cheese on top (and letting the cheese melt) can turn this into a vegetarian main dish.
VEGETABLE QUINOA BAKE
1 Tbs canola oil
1 med onion, chopped
8-10 mushrooms, sliced
1 lg bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 sm zucchini, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups water
1-1/2 cups quinoa
2 cups peeled and diced sweet potato
1 cup chopped kale
2 Tbs minced fresh parsley
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 400 deg. In saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and mushrooms, peppers, zucchini, and garlic. Saute about 5-7 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to boil.
Transfer mixture to 9- by 13-inch pan and cover. Bake until liquid is absorbed, about 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and fluff with fork. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serves 6-8.
I've made a tuna salad with tuna (packed in olive oil), sun-dried tomatoes, cannelini beans, kalamatta olives and tarragon (I like tarragon for this, but if it's not readily available, basil or another strong herb will work just fine), dressed it with olive oil and some of the liquid from the sun-dried tomatoes (or oil from the sun-dried tomatoes, if you have the canned kind) and lemon. I do this salad either plain or mix in quinoa. Either way, it's one of my favorite "quick" salads.
Then if you have leftover tarragon, I like making a pesto with it (parsley, nuts, tarragon, gruyere or parmesan cheese and olive oil), and making a grilled cheese sandwich with that, gruyere cheese and pear slices (a recipe from Sunset).
For steaming quinoa, you need a fine-meshed strainer with a metal frame.
Measure the quinoa and place it in the strainer.
Set the strainer over a large bowl and run cold water over the grains, swirling them with impeccably clean fingers, or a spoon or spatula, until the bowl is full.
Lift strainer, discard the cloudy water, repeat (3 to 5 changes of water) until water is mostly clear. (This rinsing is necessary to remove saponin, a soapy coating on the grains.)
In a saucepan, bring two cups of water or stock to a boil for every cup of quinoa. Add quinoa, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes.
Drain quinoa back into the sieve. Place quinoa in its sieve over a saucepan (perhaps the same one) with at least an inch of boiling water. The quinoa and sieve should not touch the water. Cover the sieve with a towel, and cover the towel with a lid -- don't worry if the fit is not exact. Steam for 10 minutes.
Spread quinoa on a large tray to cool.
Steaming produces a light, fluffy texture ideal for a salad.
Jfood, nice to hear you're having fun with a new ingredient. That salad sounds heavenly! Some optional additions for your next round:
4 to 6 scallions, sliced OR 1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 ripe mango, peeled and diced
4 oz. crumbled feta cheese
Harissa to taste
DH and I had quinoa for the first time visiting friends in Miami, and came home with two boxes of Ancient Harvest Inca Red grains, very pretty mixed half-and-half with the more widely available buff-colored version. Ordering info and lots of recipes here:
The following Martha Stewart recipe is easy and delicious:
I soak the Quinoa in water overnight or sometimes leave it to sprout (increases nutrients). Then pan toast before boiling. I like to make a 50/50 mix with pan toasted kasha (buckwheat) . It balances the heavy / light contrast and probably increases the protein availability via amino acid combination. I cook onions in the water and season with tamari and oil. Quite yummy.
So jfood...(or should I phrase it) Tell jfood I tried making the quinoa recipe in your post and it is delicious. Since this was my first foray with quinoa, I had used every bowl in the house, what with the rinsing, mixing, somewhere to place the sieve, and steaming. Did jfood find this an issue too, or did BiscuitBoy work inefficiently?
Oh yeah, that should have been posted, sorry BB. Thankfully jfood has plenty of bowls and plenty of space.
Bowl 1 - The beans with vinegar
Bowl 2 - The veggies
Bowl 3 - The quinoa cooling off (jfood placed in the fridge to speed things up)
1 Pot for simmering the quinoa
Good news is that he thought he was going to need the cleaner bowl for the quinoa plus two pots, as well, one for the simmer and then the other for the dumpee pot for the liquid and then the steam the Q. But his was pre-rinced, thankfully. He strained in the same sieve in the beginning as drained at the end.
Glad you like it, jfood was looking on line to buy more, reasonably priced quinoa if his produce store does not sell in bulk.
This is the recipe that introduced me to quinoa. I've been making it for months, and it's still one of the family's favorites. I've posted it a couple of times already, I'm such a fan.
Quinoa-beef picadillo (paraphrased from Lorna Sass's Whole Grains Every Day Every Way).
1 TBS olive oil
1 lg onion, diced
1 lg green pepper, diced
2 TSP minced garlic
1 TSP cumin seeds
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 TSP salt
1 TSP dried oregano
1/2 TSP chili powder
1/8 TSP ground cinnamon
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles, with liquid
1/2 c. pimiento-stuffed olives, cut across into thirds
1/4 c. raisins
2 TBS drained capers
3 c. cooked quinoa
Fresh ground pepper, to tast
Lime wedges, for serving
Heat oil in large, deep skillet over high heat. Add onion and pepper, cook, stirring frequently until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cumin, and cook 1 more minute. Add beef and salt, breaking the meat up into bits. Cook until beef is brown and crumbly, 3 or 4 minutes. Pour off any fat.
Add oregano, chili powder, cinnamon, tomatoes, olives, raisins and capers, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, simmer for about 15 minutes. Add quinoa, then check seasoning and add pepper. Serve with lime wedges.
Quinoa (boil and drain like pasta): rinse 1 cup of quinoa until water runs clear. Bring about 10 c. water to a boil over medium high heat. Add quinoa. Boil uncovered for 11-14 min., until there no white dot of starch visible at the center of the grain and some of the comma-shaped filaments are released from the individual grains. Drain, let sit in strainer for about 5 minutes, then fluff up.